Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

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Do you ever play mind games?

I’m not talking about mind games with other people like when you acted like you didn’t like a boy, but you really did. Remember when you drove by his house 5 times in a row hoping to see him outside, then dying of embarrassment when he was actually outside and saw you? er, me either….

Instead, I’m talking about mind games with yourself, like telling yourself you really do like to mop, or put groceries away or whatever it is that you really don’t like to do? I do all the time. I hate to unload the dishwasher so I set the stove timer so I’ll focus on it and try to beat the clock. It’s a mind game, I focus on the times so I don’t focus on the actual task.  I, also, do in running. In running it’s called a mantra, basically. You repeat a phrase over and over to get your mind off the torture of step, step, step, to keep you focused.

It’s the power of positive thinking and it works.

So. There was this blogging task that I did not like to do. I’d rush through pinning some great posts to Pinterest as fast as I could, just to be able to check that off my to-do list. Then one day, I decided instead of tackling it all at one time, I’d just do a few a day every time I got on the computer. It was wasn’t painful and it didn’t take long. Do you know what happened? I started actually looking at the post, commenting, and enjoying reading. A lot of the posts were information that I’d want to keep anyway if I were scrolling through Pinterest (which I never have time to do anymore!). I made friends with the author as well. And do you know what else? I started gaining a lot more Pinterest followers! Why? Because I wasn’t blasting Pinterest all at one time with 75 pins. I shared them throughout the day on various boards of interest and more people saw them! I love that.

So, all this rambling is to say, stop looking at a job you dislike as punishment, but instead look at it as an opportunity!! Change your attitude (and when I say you, I mean me!)

One thing I don’t have to trick myself into doing is baking. One thing I don’t have to trick myself into liking is these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts!!

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Get my Never Fail Pie Crust here.

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
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Serves: 8
  • 2 recipes Never Fail Pie Crust
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 T light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp all spice
  • ½ c ricotta
  • 2 T butter, melted
  1. Roll dough into ⅛ in thickness into a 11x15 inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 8 even strips.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Mix pumpkin, egg, cinnamon and all spice until well combined.
  4. Place 1 T pumpkin mixure on one side of the rectangle. Place 1 tsp ricotta on top of pumpkin.
  5. Fold crust over, and press with fork to seal. Repeat with remaining strips of dough.
  6. Brush with melted butter.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly brown.
Recipe from Paula Jones for CallMePMc.com
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  1. says

    These look delicious, Paula, and I would have to tell myself I didn’t to keep myself from eating them all in one sitting!

  2. says

    I need to play mind games more often, I can’t ever get things done! Now I need to make the pumpkin poptarts Paula! Something tells me I won’t need to play a mind game with this task! These are wonderful!

    • says

      I just talked to my 11 year old last night about playing games on a task you don’t like. He said, ‘Mmmm, that’s interesting, Mommie.’ I don’t know if that was good or bad…
      You know i like thes pop tarts because of the crust to filling ratio! 🙂

  3. says

    Homemade is so much better than from the store. I never thought of combining pumpkin and ricotta, two ingredients I l-o-v-e. Of course, until various recent recipe challenges, I left most of the kitchen cooking activity to dear ole’ hubs. But, thanks to inspiration from you and your sister kitchen divas, I am actually starting to enjoy cooking and baking!

    Oh, I pinned the recipe here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/95983035781787888/

    • says

      I probably would not have thought of putting it together either if it weren’t for this challenge and the fact when I was making them I had ricotta that needed using in the fridge 🙂 I love the way it turned out.

  4. says

    fun! I made pop tarts as part of the challenge last month and they are a delicious alternative to regular pie:) I didn’t see a link to your never fail pie crust though!

    • says

      The link is right below the second picture. I love to do hand pies, my boys do as well, they help with hand pies and cookies all the time. I like the crust to filling ratio in hand pies

  5. says

    I have wanted to try making my own poptarts for some time and now I have some leftover pumpkin to do just that! I also want to try your pie crust. I haven’t had much luck in the past with making my own.

  6. says

    I know what you mean about tasks. I am constantly breaking them down into smaller time segments and it really works. Love the Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts Paula. What a great idea!

  7. says

    I think we all play mind games with ourselves but few of us are brave enough to admit to it. Thanks for your musing and your ingenius pop tarts. Great seasonal idea.

  8. says

    Paula, these looks so good! I love pumpkin pie, but since it’s usually a single-crust pie, I some times feel like the ration to filling and crust is off. I always want more crust! Your pumpkin pie pop tarts are the perfect solution! Thanks for the great idea!

  9. says

    Hi Paula! Stopping by from Show Stopper Saturday, and had to check out your Pumpkin Pie Pot Tarts. And I’m so with you regarding slowing down and taking time to have a new prospective and appreciation for what we are doing. I few weeks ago this happened to me in a grocery store parking lot – I met a wonderful elderly lady who needed a little help. As it turns out, she was a blessing for me that day. 🙂 Have a wonderful week, Paula!

  10. says

    the power of positive thinking! I often find myself rushing through, and then think? why? It’s not like I’ve got more to do, let’s take the time and enjoy it.

    These pop tarts look delicious and perfectly light while still being a treat. Thanks for sharing them on Foodie Friday

    • says

      I do the same thing, Adelina, and wonder why I’m rushing or a put off playing a game with the boys because I think I have more important things to do. 🙁

  11. says

    Your photos are pro! Looks tasty, I want that pie now– and a good cup of coffee. And you’re right, let’s take a deep breath, just good vibes-and change that (nasty/ torturing) attitude. 😉

    • says

      Thank you Ava, so much. I have really, really been working on my photography and it makes my day for you to say that!!

  12. says

    Ricotta is one of those cheeses that I just don’t fully utilize to it’s full potential. This recipe looks great! I love the simplicity of it, and what a wonderful way to start the day. I also love your advice of tackling jobs a little at a time. It can be soooo daunting to do all at once. Thanks for all the great filling in this post 🙂

  13. Pamela says

    These would be really great if they had more sugar .They are not sweet at all . I will have to add a sugar glaze just to make them better after making them already.

    • says

      Add a little more sugar in with the filling too, my family didn’t like them very sweet. I on the other hand could frost them in cream cheese icing an inch thick! 🙂

  14. says

    Found this from Sat Show Stopper…I seriously need these pop tarts for breakfast this morning! They look so so good. 🙂 Pop tarts were my favorite breakfast treat when I was a kid so this will be fun to make and reminisce.

    • says

      Mine too, Tina. I think the fact that we didn’t have pop tarts very often when I was a child made me like them even more. These were fun to make (and eat!).

  15. says

    I can’t even tell you how much my family LOVES pop tarts! Would love to have you link this on our Super Saturday Link Party! It’s live now!

  16. says

    Great post girl, and super encouraging. We tend to miss so many opportunities by just running through life. Love the pumpkin pop tarts, how creative and what a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats


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